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Serial Las Vegas arsonist claims voices in her head told her to set fires

Posted at 8:05 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 14:25:30-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police have arrested a homeless woman for setting a fire on Feb. 15 inside of a Target store on Rainbow Boulevard.

Angela Marie Russo, 42, reportedly poured lighter fluid on several items in a shopping cart in the electronics section and set it on fire.

The fire was quickly extinguished by store employees. Russo was covered in soot and holding a black lighter when police arrived.

Russo reportedly told a police officer that she was trying to burn the business down. She also said that voices inside of her head told her to start fires and if she was not sent to prison, she would do it again.

This is not the first time Russo has been arrested for starting a fire.

According to court records, she was arrested for arson and attempted murder in May of 2010.

She was also arrested for arson and cruelty to animals in January 2012 and burglary and arson in July 2017.

In each case, there were extensive questions about Russo’s mental competency.

She was sentenced to probation for the 2010 case and sentenced to time in prison for both the 2012 and 2017 cases.